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18 01, 2022

Seven Ways that Seniors Can Combat Isolation and Loneliness

2022-01-18T13:02:27-05:00January 18th, 2022|Categories: Aging, Loneliness and Isolation|Tags: , , , |

Senior isolation and loneliness have become a crisis.  With a global pandemic raging for almost two years forcing us to isolate as much as possible, it's not hard to understand why so many people feel lonely right now. However, it can be incredibly challenging for seniors. Nearly one-third live alone and are encouraged to avoid outside social contact entirely. And loneliness is not something that hurts us emotionally; it can also lead to health problems.   According to a study conducted by Brigham Young University, loneliness can be as deadly as smoking or obesity by complicating existing conditions, encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle, and affecting cognition. It can even increase the chances of Alzheimer’s disease. A study conducted by the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging reported that the [...]

11 01, 2022

Debunking the Myths About Home Health Care

2022-01-13T16:41:58-05:00January 11th, 2022|Categories: Aging, assisted living, Dementia, Health, Home Caregivers|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you or your loved one fully understand how home healthcare works?  Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions. FirstLantic wants to help you make the best possible decision for care. Take their short quiz below to test your knowledge and ensure you have the facts.  Answers are provided at the end.   Home Healthcare Aides (HHA) always live in the home of their clients. True or False Home Healthcare services can include which of the following? Medication management Light household chores Transportation to appointments Companionship All of the above 3. Home Healthcare is often more expensive than assisted living. True or False 4. Home care is only for patients who have been recently discharged from rehab or a hospital. True or False 5. Home care is [...]

4 01, 2022

The Best Way to Build a Strong Bond with Your Home Healthcare Provider

2022-01-13T16:57:34-05:00January 4th, 2022|Categories: Health, Home Caregivers|Tags: , , , , , |

  Home health aides and caregivers provide invaluable services. They ensure that older adults who need support can get the care they need at home. Depending on their client's needs, they can assist with medication management, personal hygiene, light housekeeping, transportation, and more.   And they become a much-needed resource so that children and other relatives can feel comfortable that their loved one is receiving the best care possible. That's why it’s so crucial to not only find the right person but build a strong partnership based on mutual trust and respect. Learn more from FirstLantic Healthcare on the best ways to make that connection with your caregiver. Communication Communication is the key to any good relationship, so why would it be different with a caregiver? [...]

20 12, 2021

How to Determine If Your Parents Need Help

2021-12-20T13:37:52-05:00December 20th, 2021|Categories: #holidays, #Stress, Aging, assisted living, Holidays|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The U.S. population is aging quickly.  In fact, by 2050, the number of people that are 65 or older is expected to double.  That means significant implications for our society and families.  Many adult children are already helping their parents either financially or with other support.  But how do you know when your parents need more help than you can provide?  And how do you get them to accept that?  While spending time with your parents over the holidays, it’s a good opportunity to look for signs that they need assistance—FirstLantic guides you on things to look for and how to approach a discussion that could be difficult. Watch for significant changes in behavior. Were your parents highly organized, and now you find bills piling [...]

9 11, 2021

Home Care Benefits for Senior Veterans

2021-11-09T11:27:13-05:00November 9th, 2021|Categories: Aging, assisted living, Financial Decisions, Home Caregivers, Loneliness and Isolation, Retirement, Veterans|Tags: , |

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th to remember the sacrifices of those who served in the military protecting our freedoms.   As Americans, we owe them and their families a huge debt of gratitude and respect.  That's why no Veteran should ever have to worry about receiving proper care as they age.  Although Vets are used to giving to others, they may require help as they get older.  Home care is one of the best options as it allows Vets to remain safely in their homes while maintaining as much independence as possible.  Fortunately, there are various types of home healthcare services available, so you can find the one that best suits you or a loved ones’ needs. Telehealth Operated by the U.S. Department of [...]

2 11, 2021

Payment Options for Senior HomeCare Services

2021-11-02T01:12:56-04:00November 2nd, 2021|Categories: Aging, assisted living, Financial Decisions, Home Caregivers, Nursing, Retirement, Veterans|Tags: , , , , , , , |

One of the most challenging decisions seniors or their relatives can make is determining if and when to get help with their care.  Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own home, but sometimes the basic chores they take for granted may become too much.  They need some assistance with cooking, transportation, medication management, or simply could use some companionship.  Whatever the reason, the more difficult question often becomes how to pay for care.   FirstLantic offers guidance on payment options.  However, before determining the best way to fund it, it’s helpful to differentiate between home care and home health care.   Home Care Aides assist with daily living such as dressing, housekeeping, and transportation, referred to as personal care, attendant care, non-medical care, and companion care.  [...]

11 10, 2021

Celebrating Case Manager Week

2021-10-11T22:56:00-04:00October 11th, 2021|Categories: Aging, assisted living, CaseWorkers, Health, Nursing|Tags: , , , |

If any group of professionals has been tasked with a herculean task, it is certainly those working within the healthcare industry.  From doctors to nurses to case managers, they have been on the front lines risking their own health, working grueling schedules, and dealing with incredible stress.  That’s why it’s so crucial to celebrate these professionals for their contributions.  Case management week which begins on October 11th and continues through the 17th is an opportunity to recognize the importance of this role and to thank them for their dedication.  This year’s theme is Transitions through Care, Expertise, and Integrity and it could not be more appropriate as healthcare professionals try to maneuver within the new reality of a global pandemic. Many people may not even [...]

19 05, 2021

Celebrating Three Pioneers in Nursing

2021-05-19T12:33:33-04:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: Health, Nursing|Tags: , , , |

The COVID-19 pandemic put many essential workers on the frontlines, but few were exposed to the dangers as the nurses working directly with patients.   We owe them a huge debt of gratitude for putting their lives at risk to help others. May 6 through May 12 was officially Nurses Week for 2021, but one week is hardly enough to celebrate our gratitude.  FirstLantic, as a healthcare organization, is honored to have some of the most dedicated nurses working tirelessly on behalf of our patients.   So, in this blog, we celebrate them and recognize three other American nurses who were pioneers in improving patient care. Dorothea Dix Dorothea Lynde Dix (April 4, 1802 – July 17, 1887) spent 40 years of her life lobbying for mental health care. [...]

23 02, 2021

Elder Guardianship – What is it and Why do you need it?

2021-02-23T11:59:13-05:00February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Aging, Home Caregivers, Mental Wellness|Tags: , , , |

What exactly is an elder guardian, and why would someone need one?  In our blog this week, FirstLantic.com explores how legal guardians are appointed, their obligations, and their role for their clients. As some people age, they get to a point where they’re no longer mentally or physically capable of taking care of themselves.  When a person is deemed incapable of their care, a guardian may be appointed by a court of law.   Elderly guardianship, also known as elderly conservatorship, gives the guardian the authority to make critical decisions for the person (known as the ward) over whom they've been appointed.   Typically, the person has a chronic mental illness like dementia, a developmental disability, or a traumatic brain injury and can no longer decide about their [...]

23 11, 2020

Let’s Get Cookin’ – Five Simple Thanksgiving Recipes

2020-11-23T11:42:57-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cooking, Entertainment|Tags: , |

For most of us, this Thanksgiving is probably going to be very different than in years past.  Less travel, smaller gatherings, a slower pace, and maybe a little simpler.  And while it may be different, that doesn’t mean it still can’t be enjoyable.  After all, a slower pace is probably what most of us need anyway.  So, why not get back to basics with your Thanksgiving dinner as well?  FirstLantic has gathered five simple recipes from Delish.com and AllRecipes.com that are sure to hit the spot whether you’re cooking for yourself or for a few family and friends.   1.Never too Stuffed for Stuffing Ingredients: 2 baguettes, country, or sourdough bread (1 pound) 8 tbsp. butter, plus more for baking dish 1 large onion, diced (about [...]

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